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Published August 05, 2011, 12:00 AM

Photo Gallery: WE Fest 2011

Scenes from the annual country music festival outside Detroit Lakes, Minn.


Brad Paisley hit the main stage of WE Fest Thursday night, giving fans in the front rows some close-up attention. Paisley wrapped up WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Thursday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.

  • Brad Paisley hit the main stage of WE Fest Thursday night, giving fans in the front rows some close-up attention. Paisley wrapped up WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Thursday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Brad Paisley had an elaborate light and video show during his main stage WE Fest performance Thursday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Dirty Don's bar, set up in the woods behind the VIP campground at WE Fest.
  • Country Market in Detroit Lakes offered WE Fest fans something sweet with these cookies.
  • A pirate themed bar set up on the east end of the VIP campground, facing Highway 59.
  • Brad Paisley finishes his second song at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Thursday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co
  • Brad Paisley is bathed in blue light as he took the main stage at WE Fest Thursday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Caitlin Durand of Apple Valley, Minn., and Eric Hansen of Prior Lake, Minn., dance to The Charlie Daniels Band Thursday night in the general admission area of WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Blake Shelton says "hello" to WE Fest as he took the main stage Thursday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Country music star Blake Shelton belts out a tune during his WE Fest main stage performance Thursday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Legendary country music performer Charlie Daniels fires up the WE Fest crowd during his performance Thursday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Chris Hibbs of Mission Hill, S.D., cools his head under a mister in the general concert area of WE Fest in Detroit Lakes Friday evening. "I grabbed the wrong shirt today," he said of his black military t-shirt. "I'm just trying to keep cool." Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Willie Nelson points to the WE Fest crowd Friday evening in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Willie Nelson sings a song on the WE Fest main stage in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Friday evening. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Willie Nelson asks the WE Fest crowd for help singing "Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses" during his main stage performance Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/
  • Hope Bjerke, 5, of Altamont, S.D., tries to get a few drops of water on her tongue at a water fountain Friday at WE Fest. This is her sixth WE Fest, according to her mom, Jodie. Brian Basham / Forum Communications Co.
  • Lucas Sawyer of St. Francis, Minn., has WE Fest acts written on his back. John Lamb / The Forum
  • Kent B. from Big Lake, Minn., shuns concerns over “no shirt, no shoes, no service” Thursday. John Lamb / The Forum
  • A fan and his penguin show their colors at WE Fest on Thursday night. John Lamb / The Forum
  • There was no shelter from the heat in long lines for beer tickets Thursday. John Lamb / The Forum
  • Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush sing a song at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes Friday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hits a high note during their main stage performance at WE Fest Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles fires up the WE Fest crowd during their main stage performance Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush hit the main stage at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Friday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd's remaining founding member Gary Rossington strums the guitar during their WE FEst main stage performance Friday night in Detroit Lakes. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant sings a song at WE Fest Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd played the main stage at WE Fest Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd played the main stage at WE Fest Friday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers
  • Taylor Garber of Golden, Colo., and Paige Garber of Brainerd, Minn., dance to Easton Corbin at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday afternoon. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Nick Armstrong, Tim Beinhorn and Kevin Johnson all from Rochester, Minn., sport their giant cowboy hats at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday afternoon. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert sings a song during her main stage performance at WE Fest Saturday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert sings a song during her main stage performance at WE Fest Saturday night in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert rocked the WE Fest main stage in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert flashes a smile at the WE Fest crowd during her performance Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert is bathed in blue light as she finished her first song on the main stage of WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Miranda Lambert points to the WE Fest crowd at the end of her second song of her main stage performance Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Todd and Liz Reiter of Big Lake, Minn., enjoy WE Fest from the general admission area of Soo Pass Ranch Saturday night. Todd said he shot the bird on his hat and decided to show it off at WE Fest this year. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus play a song on the WE Fest main stage in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox belts out a song during their main stage performance at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Rascal Flatts took the main stage and wrapped up WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Saturday night. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Darius Rucker hits a high note during his WE Fest main stage performance Saturday afternoon in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.
  • Darius Rucker performed in front of a packed WE Fest crowd Saturday evening in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers
  • Easton Corbin, right, and his guitar players Brian Spradlin, left, and Lauren Ellis, center, jam during a song Saturday afternoon on the WE Fest main stage. Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.